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Vistans go odd & even: mandatory water conservation measures now in effect

Many of California's major reservoirs are at or below 50 percent of capacity with some nearing the 20 percent mark.
Many of California's major reservoirs are at or below 50 percent of capacity with some nearing the 20 percent mark.Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A level 2 water supply response has been declared in the City of Vista as the statewide drought worsens, with the possibility of fees being imposed on water bills for those who do not comply.

The declaration follows three consecutive dry years and the statewide emergency declared by Governor Jerry Brown. Vista Irrigation District (VID), our local water authority, states:

"Consistent with the State's emergency regulations, the Vista Irrigation District Board of Directors has declared a Level 2 Water Conservation condition and will be implementing mandatory water conservation measures effective August 16. "

Advice dished out on the VID website include explanations, which may answer questions for homeowners and businesses. "Water during the cool parts of the day. Watering during the early morning or evening prevents loss of water due to evaporation and wind. Remember the Water Supply Response Program prohibits watering with your irrigation system between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m."

With some of the major reservoirs in California at or below 50 percent, homeowners will be expected to only water on their assigned days. Using your home address, watering times are before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on the following assigned days:

Homes with EVEN addresses (i.e. 1234 Main Street) - Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
Homes with ODD addresses (i.e. 1231 Main Street) - Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
Apartments/Condominiums, Businesses and Public Agencies (county, cities, schools) - Monday, Wednesday & Friday

The mandatory measures, according to the VID website, include:

  • No washing down of paved surfaces except for health and safety purposes.
  • Limit landscape irrigation to 3 assigned days per week.
  • No landscape watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Nurseries and commercial growers water before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains.
  • Wash vehicles with a bucket, a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or at a commercial site that re-circulates (reclaims) water on site.
  • Serve and refill water in restaurants and other food service establishments only upon request.

"Water your landscape long enough for water to seep down to the roots where it is needed but not so long as to allow runoff," according to VID website. "We recommend for the soil types in our area a schedule of 5 to 7 minutes per irrigation station. Watering more frequently rather than for longer periods is more water efficient."

More information on water conservation can be found at the website or by calling theWater Conservation Department: (760) 597-3160.